If it aint broke…

A few months ago, April to be exact, I got this brilliant idea to change the focus of my blog and I haven’t put another word on it since!  So, now it is back and I will leave well enough alone.

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Device Drama

Hey y’all,

So I finally broke down and ordered the insurance replacement for my cell phone.  I’d somehow gotten used to the smashed screen and shaking out loose glass chips before I tried to use it. I mean, it still worked so why bother?  I IMG_0002could still take pics and everything.

But when the display started jumping and twitching like a crackhead, I knew it was done.

I got another iPhone 6 and it’s nestled inside a turquoise Otter Box Defender case.  I’m hard on phones.

be free

Eryka

Thank You, Prince

Dear Prince,

It’s been a year since you transitioned. I hope you’re settling in nicely. Do you know what you’ll do next? Well, its’ probably too early for that. You made such an indelible mark on the world, a bit of rest is good.prince smiling

Thank you, Prince, for the half-century of music, boldness, style, craftsmanship, and a side-eye that melts titanium.

Thank you for the incredible catalog of published work. I’ve been listening to it consistently for the past year, but I still haven’t gotten through the whole thing. I’ll listen to a song—one I’ve Prince spillitheard a hundred times—then a nuance in the lyrics, vocals or composition will come to the fore, changing the entire experience.

 

So now I listen with fresh ears–every time

You once said that yoprince superbowlu are Music. That’s certainly true, but I’d add Creativity to that as well.  Your music is as instructive as it is evocative. I marvel at the breadth of your skill: lyricist, composer, arranger, singer, musician10, producer, conductor, studio master. Not to mention your unwavering discipline and commitment to your craft; writing a song every day and delivering flawless performances in any condition, from driving rain to agonizing pain.

You were my first writing instructor when I was 14 and still my most trusted advisor as I get back to my writing roots. I am eternally grateful.

If the people picking over your bones had any sense, they would turn Paisley Park into a School of prince guitarCreative Arts or at least offer a summer fellowship program for talented musicians.  You did say you always wanted to teach and you work with some of the finest musicians in the world so there’re plenty of teachersAnd honestly, wouldn’t that be better than having a bunch of strangers traipsing through your private home?

BTW, I love the thing with the will.  The Folks are trying to figure out how to ‘exploit’ your assets and create ‘profit centers’ regardless of what how you feel. They’re fighting over ‘rights’ and ‘royalties, ‘ but your music is a gift to the world.

They can say they ‘own’ it but, no one can own the Spirit.  

The world is purple in your honor today. I hope you make it to a few of the parties, especially in Minneapolis. I wish I were there tonight.

Prince side eyeI’m going to a Prince-themed Karaoke Night here in Memphis; it’ll just be regular folks singing your songs.  Try not to slay us all with your celestial side-eye when hit the wrong notes.  It’s all love.

be free

Eryka

Basketball and Pancakes

Hey Y’all,

We lost Charlie Murphy today.  Leukemia. He left a legacy of unfettered humor, candid acting, and brilliant insight into real shit. His greatest gifts are the phrase “habitual line-stepper” and one of the best Prince stories on the planet.  Rest In Power Charlie.

But it is interesting that Prince transitioned on April 21, 2016, at the age of 57 and Charlie Murphy made his transition on April 12, 2017, at age 57.  More basketball and pancakes?  I certainly hope so.

be free

Eryka

Spillit: When Prince was My Girlfriend

Hey Y’all,

Here is a link to the story, When Prince was My Girlfriend, I told at Spillit: Lost & Found on July 8, 2016, at Amurica. Spillit is a live storytelling event; kinda like The Moth, only Southern.

My story starts at the 18-minute mark. Prince has been so influential in my life that I took his constant presence for granted. His death hit me particularly hard.  I was rather nervous when I started, but it really gets interesting about age 14.

I’ll be telling another story at Spillit: Dear Diary on Thursday, April 27th at 7 p.m.  No, it won’t be about Prince. I hope to see you there.

be free.

Eryka